Stroman Gives Gleyber Tough Love, & the Squad Goes Crazy. NY 16 Toronto 5

Gleyber Torres launches 2-run MOON SHOT in the 6th to put NY ahead 7-3.

Marcus Stroman had choice words for Gleyber Torres for failing to make a double play in the 5th inning, allowing Toronto to take a 2-1 lead — and Gleyber and the Yankee offense responded with an offensive Explosion in a 16-5 win in Toronto on a Friday night.

First Juan Soto hit a MONSTER 3-run homer in the top of the 6th to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 Yankee lead, and then 3 batters later Gleyber Torres ripped a 2-run MOON SHOT deep into the Toronto night to make it 7-3 Yankees.

Gleyber Torres singled and scored a run his next time up in the 8th (off an Alex Verdugo double), and then the Yanks poured on 7 runs in the top of the 9th with an onslaught of singles and doubles, including a sac fly by Gleyber.

The squad went crazy today,” tweeted Stroman afterwards. “Love to see it. Raw emotion and passion are part of the game. When you care deeply…frustrations come into the light. That’s on me for losing my cool. I have to be better. Truly love this team and will always compete at the highest level for my brothers. On to the next!”

NY improves to 53-31, and remain in a virtual tie for 1st place with Baltimore. Toronto falls to 37-44.

1. Stroman Competitive

The Yanks had lost 4 in a row coming in, and 7 of their last 8, including 3 straight bombardments — losing 9-7 and 12-2 to the Mets, and then 9-2 to Toronto the night before.

Marcus Stroman took the mound to stem the collapse. And it wasn’t good early as Dante Bichette led off the bottom of the 1st with a single, Justin Turner walked with 2 outs, and George Springer — who had killed the Yanks and Carlos Rodon the game before with two 3-run homers in the 1st two innings — singled in a run. Toronto 1 NY 0.

After that Stroman got in gear, pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd and 4th, and escaping a minor jam in the 3rd (a 1-out single and 2-out walk).

2. Judge Clever Run-Down Play Ties Game

Meanwhile Yusei Kikuchi was on the hill for Toronto, and as usual he was stifling the Yanks with a perfect game through 3 innings despite having come into the game with a 4-7 4.00 record.

But in the top of the 4th the Yanks got to him with the Juan Soto – Aaron Judge combo. Soto worked a 1-out walk and Judge singled to right, sending Soto to 3rd.

JD Davis grounded the ball to Spencer Horwitz at 2nd, who went to tag Judge to start a double play — but Judge avoided the tag — Horitz threw to 1st for the out and then Judge successfully locked into a rundown that allowed Soto to race around 3rd and score! Tie game 1-1.

3. Gleyber Fails to Finish DP in 5th

And then potentially the play of the season and Gleyber Torres’ career happened in the 5th.

Stroman allowed a leadoff single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, a single to Dante Bichette, and then hit Horwitz with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.hit a grounder to Anthony Volpe who flipped to Gleyber at 2nd to start a double play — but Gleyber’s casual throw to 1st was too late to get Guerrero.

Stroman was livid that Gleyber didn’t throw the ball fast enough to 1st — although replays showed Gleyber didn’t really delay much on the throw.

Stroman verbally shouted ‘throw the fn’g ball’ on the field.

A pissed Stroman then walked Justin Turner to load the bases again, and was relieved by Michael Tonkin.

Tonkin hit George Springer on the hand with a pitch, to force in a run and make it 3-1 Toronto.

Finally the Yanks caught a break as Jose Trevino missed a ball at the plate — but recovered in time to tag out Guerrero trying to score from 3rd. Tonkin then struck out Vasho to end the inning.

But Stroman’s anger at Gleyber continued in the Yankee dugout.

Team Captain Aaron Judge was seen talking to Stroman — many felt Judge told Stroman to chill it.

4. Soto & Gleyber BOMBS Give Yanks 7-3 Lead

Stroman’s anger seemed to ignite the Yankee offense — as in the top of the 6th they destroyed Kikuchi.

Jahmai Jones led off with a single, Anthony Volpe reached on a bunt single, and Juan Soto launched a BOMB to right. “ADIOS AMIGOS JUAN SOTO!! THEY GAVE HIM A GREEN LIGHT AND HE WENT RIGHT THROUGH THE INTERSECTION !” said Rickie Riccardo on the radio.

NY 4 Toronto 3.

Nate Pearson relieved Kikuchi and the Yankee offense punished him too: Aaron Judge singled to left, JD Davis hit a booming double to left to score Judge, and Gleyber Torres ripped a MOON SHOT to left for a 7-3 Yankee lead.


Stroman 1st Man Off Bench to Congratulate Gleyber

Stroman was the first guy off the bench to congratulate Gleyber, and Judge gave Gleyber kudos.

Gleyber seems to be thinking too much all season — struggling at the plate and making errors in the field — and maybe Stroman’s tough love is what he needed; instead of thinking about screwing up he’s thinking about getting revenge against Stroman.

5. Springer Leaves Game

Springer stayed in the game after Tonkin hit him on the hand with a pitch in the 5th — but later left the game — possibly a significant development in this series as he was killing NY with the two 3-run homers against Rodon in the prior game and the RBI single in the 1st inning in this game.

Springer has drawn the ire of Toronto fans all year for being in a season long slump — and was batting .196 with only 6 homers in over 300 at bats coming into the series — but had snapped out of it against the Yanks.

6. Toronto Scratches Back to 7-5

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a solo homer off Michael Tonkin in the 6th, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.hit a solo homer off Luke Weaver in the 7th and Toronto was back within 7-5 with 2 innings to go.

7. Yanks & Gleyber Add Insurance

But the Yanks got insurance runs in the top of the 8th and again Gleyber Torres was a part of it.

Judge got on due to an error, and with 1 out, Gleyber singled Judge to 2nd. Alex Verdugo doubled in Judge to make it 8-5 NY.

DJ LeMahieu doubled down the line in left for a 9-5 NY lead.

8. Yanks Blow It Out with 7 Runs in 9th

And then after Tommy Kahnle pitched a shutout bottom of 8th, the Yanks stomped on Toronto with 7 runs in the top of the 9th to make it a laugher.

With Tim Mayza pitching:

  • Jahmai Jones led off with a single,
  • Volpe singled,
  • Soto singled to load the bases with nobody out,
  • Judge singled in 2 runs to make it 11-5,
  • Oswaldo Cabrera doubled in a run to make it 12-5, and knock out Mayza,

Bowden Francis came in and

  • Gleyber hit a sac fly to make it 13-5,
  • Verdugo singled to make it 14-5,
  • Trevino hit a 2-out double to make it 15-5, and

Jahmai Jones singled again to make it 16-5.

Tim Hill pitched a shutout 9th for NY for the old ballgame.

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